Chapter 4
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Mood Stabilizers

Mood stabilizers are used to treat children with mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder. Children with bipolar disorder have extreme mood swings (manic or depressed states).

  • When children are in the "manic" state, they may be very active, talk too much, have a lot of energy, and sleep very little. They may also be angry, irritable, or feel overly self-important.
  • Children in the "depressed" state may:
    • Feel hopeless or helpless.
    • Have a loss of energy.
    • Have changes in appetite.
    • Gain or lose weight.
    • Not enjoy activities the child used to enjoy.
    • Have thoughts of suicide.